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Environmentalists risk Oregon forests, miss opportunity

Forest ravaged by bark beetle. USDA Forest Service

Here on The High Desert we have as a fairly evenly mixed result of a hundred years of misplaced fire interventions and thirty years of total opposition to any kind of forest intervention activity an incredibly dangerous situation – a conflagration waiting to happen, not a question of if but when – but also a unique if short-term opportunity for both renewables and our thirty-three percent U6 unemployment. Yet the Corporate Environmentalists gleefully obstruct, not unlike our do-nothing Republican Congress, any attempt to address the situation.

We had our first fire of the season, a roadside brush-fire, Thursday afternoon. We could sit on our fists and lean back on our thumbs and let the whole region and every town in it burn – an area greater the state of Vermont – or we could go out and cut down all the dead timber and turn it into biobutinol, putting a bunch of people to work while reducing the overall fire danger AND weaning ourselves from fossil fuels but nooooo……

It’s not even a question of NIMBYs, most of these obstructionists live on the west side (of The Oregon Cascades), if in Oregon at all. They just take delight in interfering with anything that may be of community value.

Not to mention they make money off of the lawsuits…

(Promoted from the comments to California. Can blocking development hurt more than help?)

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